HIGHLAND PARK — A 17-year-old high school student was killed this morning after he was struck by a vehicle on Figueroa Street near Avenue 60, The victim was the third person killed this year by a motor vehicle on the busy thoroughfare.
The driver remained on the scene following the collision at about 7:30 a.m. but no further information was available. “We are still piecing it together,” Felix Padilla, a detective with the LAPD Central Traffic Division.
The victim was a senior at Los Angeles International Charter High School in Hermon, according to a person at the school. “He was in his school uniform when he was struck and killed. He was a well-liked and active senior.”
The school was also closed today following threats issued against L.A. Unified campuses. School officials told L.A. Now that the student was headed to school after getting off a Gold Line train. The 17-year-old student had been accepted to a film program at Cal State L.A.
News reports said that the teen was struck by a city service truck, but Padilla said that “it may too premature to confirm that the City-owned tractor/trailer was involved.”
Today’s fatal collision comes three months after a woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Figueroa and Avenue 55. In June, a cyclist was fatally struck by a vehicle that sped away from the crash scene with victim on the hood of the car for about 200 yards.
Update @ 4:51 pm: The victim has been identified as Andres Perez of Montebello, reports L.A. Now.
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